Chapter 7 examines how spiritually-sensitive hospice social work can be a form of spiritual care in line with professional values and ethics as well as practice skills and roles. This assumes that hospice social workers are attuned to a patient’s unique spiritual needs and/or experience of spiritual suffering as well as the spiritual resources patients prefer. This chapter describes how spiritually-sensitive hospice social work can be a form of spiritual care provided patients experience it as being spiritually supportive. Spiritual care may be indirect requiring the application of generalist skills to cultivate a spiritually sensitive therapeutic relationship or direct requiring the additional application of advanced generalist and/or clinical skills for spiritual care like in the conduct of a formal spiritual assessment.
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